May 13–September 17, 2006

Laura McPhee

River of No Return

Laura McPhee’s stunning large-scale color photographs juxtapose idealized images of the land against the disarming reality of life in the twenty-first century. Boston-based photographer McPhee spent more than two years in a remote area of central Idaho capturing images that address Americans’ conflicting ideas about landscape and land use and our values and beliefs about our relationship to the natural world. For McPhee, this valley in Idaho is a microcosm of America and the dilemmas that communities and people nationwide face when dealing with land issues.


Generous support for this exhibition was provided by The Alturas Foundation, a family foundation representing four generations in the American West dedicated to visual arts and American culture. The Alturas Foundation is proud to have sponsored Laura McPhee as its initial artist-in-residence.